The National Certificate in Beauty Services (Nail Technology) Level 3 is a qualification for professional nail technicians. A nail technician specialises in performing nail services such as manicures, pedicures, sculptured nails, gel nails, acrylic overlays and tips. You become recognised nationally and internationally as a qualified nail technician by gaining this qualification.


National Certificate in Nail Technology


14 months


$30 per week of training.

The training workshop and first aid course costs are extra. HITO will help you find a training workshop. Your local Red Cross or St Johns will be able to help with your first aid units.



Units & Skills

Unit Skill Level Credit
26551 Provide first aid for life threatening conditions 2 1
26552 Demonstrate knowledge of common first aid conditions and how to respond to them 2 1
19589 Perform nail augmentation services 4 15
27164 Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of a nail, and anatomy and physiology relevant to nail services 3 4
27166 Demonstrate knowledge of conditions of the nail and surrounding skin 4 4
27167 Undertake an in-depth consultation and give advice in a nail salon 4 10
27171 Demonstrate knowledge of tools, equipment, products and safe operating procedures used in nail services 3 5
27172 Perform a manicure service 3 6
27173 Perform a pedicure service 3 6
27175 Perform additional nail services 3 6
27176 Demonstrate knowledge of micro-organisms in a beauty salon 3 2
20929 Demonstrate safe and professional practice in the salon environment 3 6
25435 Create appointments and maintain appointment systems and records in the salon environment 3 5
25436 Display products in the salon environment 2 3
25437 Demonstrate and apply knowledge of basic accounting concepts, banking, and payment procedures in the salon environment 3 5
27168 Select and recommend products for an at-home nail service 3 3

The Programme

During your training you’ll learn to perform the following services:

  • Acrylic nails (including pink and white, tips and sculpture).
  • Gel nails (Hard Gel).
  • Basic manicures and pedicures.
  • Treatment manicures and pedicures with exfoliation, paraffin, hot oil and mask therapy.
  • Creative work including French polish and nail art (ornamental and decorative).

You’ll also learn about:

  • Nails, their growth, structure and conditions.
  • The tools and products you need to work safely and professionally.
  • How to recommend products for your clients.
  • This is a traineeship, so you’ll need to be working and you learn your skills ‘on the job’.

To start with, you complete assignment work focusing on working in a salon. During that time, HITO will help you select a training workshop for your practical skills and a course for first aid units 26551 and 26552. You’ll then apply the practical skills you learn in the salon.

When you have become competent and feel confident, you create a portfolio that will include photos of your work. HITO will provide you with a guide on putting this together and help on other self-directed learning and assignments.

Someone from HITO will visit you regularly and help you put a training/learning plan together. You’ll also have access to a trainer and a specialist HITO support person.

Get Started

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